Two accidents break fatality-free streak

Cyclist struck

By Robert Frank

Last week saw Laval’s first street fatality and its first drowning in well over a year.

Laval Police rushed to Corbusier and Dagenais at 1:30 p.m., April 15, after a 53 ft flatbed truck struck a 69-year-old cyclist.

“The woman was turning westbound onto Dagenais on a red light,” Sgt. Frédéric Jean told The Suburban. “For some unknown reason she was looking behind her and was hit by the front of the tractor-trailer rig. She suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead by an Urgences santé doctor.”

Urgences-santé personnel on the scene also treated the woman’s husband, also 69, and the 51-year-old truck driver for shock.

“Investigators determined that there had been no negligence on the part of the truck driver,” Sgt. Jean said in an interview. “The tractor-trailer had a flashing green light. There was also a pedestrian crossing light, but it was never used.”

Laval’s last pedestrian fatality was in November 2013.

Granny drowned

Distraught family members administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, April 16, after a Fabreville woman discovered her mother unconscious in the in-ground pool behind their Elaine Street home.

“Police were called at 2:50 p.m.,” said Sgt. Jean, “and Urgences santé transported the victim to the Cité de la santé [superhospital] where she was pronounced dead.”

“Investigators determined that she had at the time been doing yard work in the back yard and had fallen into the shallow end of the pool,” he added. “She did not know how to swim and had some health problems. The fall into the pool was accidental and no foul play is suspected.”

Until last week’s death, Laval had not suffered a drowning since a July 2013 fatality at St. Maxime Park.
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